The first phase of the Nurek Rehabilitation Project, which is co-financed by the World Bank, has been officially launched in Tajikistan by President Emomali Rahmon.
The project will see the rehabilitation of the Nurek Hydro Power Plant (HPP), which is reported to be an important asset of Tajikistan’s energy system.
Commissioned in 1972, Nurek HPP has more than 3,000MW of installed capacity and the ability to meet the 70% of total annual energy demand of the country.
World Bank strategy and operations director Mariam Sherman said: “The restoration of the generation capacity of the Nurek HPP is essential for ensuring energy security for the people of Tajikistan.
“Improved energy generation, combined with dam safety improvement measures, will help Tajikistan respond to climate change challenges while ensuring expanded energy trade to generate much-needed revenue to support socioeconomic development for the people of Tajikistan.”
The first phase of the rehabilitation works will be carried out with an investment of nearly $325m, of which World Bank will provide $226m in funding, and the remaining financing will be provided by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank ($60m) and the Eurasian Development Bank ($40m).
The Tajikistan Government has contracted Andritz Hydro to carry out the rehabilitation works at the site.
The first phase works will also see the rehabilitation of three generating units and enhancement of dam safety in order to withstand seismic hazards and floods, as well as the replacement of six auto-transformers to regulate the electrical voltage.
Upon completion of the restoration works, the plant’s power generation capacity during the colder seasons is expected to be increased by 33 million kilowatt-hours.
Led by the World Bank, the development partners intend to begin the second phase of the Nurek Rehabilitation Project in 2020 with an estimated investment of $180m.